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AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda at energy event

     16th February 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), including at the World Energy Council's (WEC’s) annual Africa meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda  at energy event
Photo by Duane Daws
CHRISTOPH FREI Achieving a robust energy future in a context of the triple transition requires different approaches guided by innovative policies

Event to add value to African energy sector

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To bolster the socioeconomic development of the African energy sector, Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) chairperson Brian Statham says thinking within the sector needs to be expanded. 

Event to add value to African energy sector
BRIAN STATHAM Diversity energy sources provide an opportunity to interconnect energy systems

Company first-time exhibitor at event

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South African electrical engineering company Power Plant Electrical Technologies (PPE Technologies) will exhibit at the African Energy Indaba (AEI) for the first time this year. 

Company first-time exhibitor at event
POSITIVE GROWTH TRAJECTORY Creating awareness of companies’ capabilities will lead to positive results in trade growth

Conference to foster entrepreneurial opportunities for women

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To assist women in being successful renewable-energy entrepreneurs, the African Energy Sector: Scope and Opportunity discussion topic at this year’s Women in Energy Conference will focus on the entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy sector and how women can maximise their participation. 

Conference to foster  entrepreneurial opportunities for women
NELISIWE MAGUBANE The conference will also provide insights and opportunities for career development and entrepreneurship for women who want to participate in the energy sector

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Nuclear energy future  imminent, despite  delays in updated IRP
SHANE PEREIRA South Africa has a strong nuclear industry

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Framework continues to form sector foundation
LIZEL OBERHOLZER There is an ever-increasing opportunity for private sector renewable and alternative energy projects to support energy supply

Robust energy base key to industrialisation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Public-private partnership South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) CEO Chiboni Evans states that Africa's industrialisation can occur only if countries have a robust energy base. 

Robust energy base key to industrialisation
CHIBONI EVANS The South African government strongly supports the industrialisation of the African continent

Growing need to fuel power demand in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Energy transformation in Africa is necessary to ensure that the 600-million people on the continent who do not have access to energy gain access, says regional event Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, who adds that the growing population and need for African industrialisation will continue... 

Growing need to fuel power  demand in Africa
LIZ HART The growing population and need for African industrialisation will continue to fuel the demand for power

Editorial: Is Eskom loan a case of good money after bad?

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2018 It seems an eternity since there has been anything to be excited about when it comes to South Africa’s most important, and most embattled, State-owned company (SoC), Eskom. Since 2008, the business has lurched from supply crunch to wet-coal chaos, from funding crisis to construction confusion,... 

Editorial: Is Eskom loan a case of good money after bad?

Eskom looking beyond shareholder to tackle ‘unsustainable’ capital structure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th January 2018 Having secured “in principle” commitments from funders to enable Eskom to meet looming debt obligations of R20-billion by the end of February, the new leadership at the power utility has started weighing various options, including asset sales, for shoring up the group’s fragile balance sheet.... 

Eskom looking beyond shareholder to tackle ‘unsustainable’ capital structure
Newly appointed Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza and acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe speak on governance, sustainability and Eskom’s immediate liquidity challenge. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded:30.1.2018

AfDB renews commitment to connect 29.3m Africans to electricity grids

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to provide 29.3-million people on the continent with access to electricity by 2020. Speaking during meetings of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in Addis Ababa, at the weekend, AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina pledged support for the New... 

AfDB renews commitment to connect 29.3m Africans to electricity grids

Nersa welcomes Mkhize as petroleum pipelines regulator

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has appointed Muzuvukile Mkhize as full-time regulator member responsible for petroleum pipelines regulation, following Cabinet approval. Mkhize will fill the role for a five-year term from January 16 this year to January 15, 2023. His... 

Changes at Eskom 

     25th January 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the changes in Eskom’s leadership, the evidence given by former executives at the Parliamentary inquiry into State capture and the prospect of further tariff increases. 

Changes at Eskom
Terence Creamer on the changes in Eskom’s leadership. (Camera & Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop the nuclear technology and energy sector in the UK. This phase will see Westminster awarding up to... 

Editorial: Eskom requires surgery not a Band-Aid

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2018 Eskom’s debt refinancing is undoubtedly a critical burning platform. The clock is most definitely ticking and the consequences of not closing the immediate financial chasm will be dire not only for the utility, but also for citizens. That said, government is extremely unlikely to allow Eskom to... 

Editorial: Eskom requires surgery not a Band-Aid

Calls made for far-reaching Eskom restructuring as sustainability risks mount

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2018 Eskom’s current financial situation makes it difficult to see any other path to sustainability than that of drastic cost-cutting, restructuring and bringing private equity into the business, Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) past chairperson Piet van Staden argues. In an... 

Calls made for far-reaching Eskom restructuring as sustainability risks mount

Business Leadership SA slams executives’ reinstatement at Eskom

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has slammed the reappointment of Matshela Koko and Prish Govender at power utility Eskom, saying this flew in the face of complying with the rule of law and undermined efforts to restore confidence in the economy. BLSA said it was shocked and dismayed that... 

Business Leadership SA slams executives’ reinstatement at Eskom
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BLSA chief executive Bonang Mohale

Eskom reinstates embattled executives Matshela Koko and Prish Govender

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 South African power utility, Eskom confirmed on Wednesday that former acting chief executive Matshela Koko and former acting group executive for group capital, Prish Govender, have been reinstated after they were cleared in disciplinary hearings. Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, said that the... 

Eskom reinstates embattled executives Matshela Koko and Prish Govender

Gigaba backs lower tariff hike, says Eskom a drain on fiscus

By: News24Wire      18th December 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Saturday that he supports the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa’s) decision not to grant the nearly 20% tariff increase Eskom had applied for as the current state of the economy wouldn’t have been able to support this. Nersa on Friday, granted... 

Gigaba backs lower tariff hike, says Eskom a drain on fiscus
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Proposed carbon tax ‘least-cost manner’ to ensuring greenhouse-gas reduction – Treasury 

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The National Treasury released the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on Friday and averred that it “seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle . . . and will assist, in a least-cost manner, in reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring that South Africa meets its... 

SA power plant listed 4th dirtiest in world's 'Dirty Dozen' 

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 South Africa’s Thabametsi project has been listed as one of the “Dirty Dozen projects”, twelve fossil fuel projects worldwide environmental groups say exemplify the massive volumes of public finances still flowing to fossil fuel projects, which are driving climate change. The list comes as world... 

No further IRP consultations as Cabinet approves plan and 27 renewables projects 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo reported on Thursday that Cabinet approved an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity during a marathon 12-hour meeting on Wednesday and that the new plan would be published without any further public consultation. Briefing the media at an ‘Energy... 

No further IRP consultations as Cabinet approves plan and 27 renewables projects
Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma used his address at the Energy Indaba, taking place in Johannesburg this week, to assure business and investors that the upcoming African National Congress (ANC) elective conference would be “orderly and peaceful”, while promising a “seamless” handover to the new ANC... 

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate
President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Kganyago concerned another big power tariff hike will trigger grid defections

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has added his voice to a growing chorus of concern that South African businesses, and even high-income households, could defect from the electricity grid in numbers should Eskom prevail in its bid for a 19.9% tariff increase from April 1, 2018.... 

Kganyago concerned another big power tariff hike will trigger grid defections
South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that a special pricing agreement (SPA) between Eskom and Silicon Smelters, which was approved in August, should commence no later than July 1, 2018, and continue for a maximum of two years. Silicon Smelters, a subsidiary of... 

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

Nersa shifts Eskom tariff decision to December 13

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed on Monday that it would announce its decision on Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application on December 13, instead of the December 7 date initially set for the determination. “The date has been changed due to more time being required to... 

Nersa shifts Eskom tariff decision to December 13

Necsa shuts down key unit because of compliance failure

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2017 The standalone cost of battery energy storage remains above South Africa’s prevailing, albeit rising, electricity tariffs, but could already be commercially viable in some instances when the “stacked benefits” of the technology are taken into account. A levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) study... 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom's battery energy storage test site at Rosherville, in Gauteng

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2017 Through innovation in the energy sphere, Africa is slowly starting to overcome historical blockages that have prevented the continent from achieving economic growth and creating sustainable jobs, according to energy consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. Speaking at a PowerGen and... 

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

South African nuclear body shuts down key unit because of compliance failure 

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

South African nuclear body shuts down key unit because of compliance failure
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2017 A major topic of discussion during recent public hearings into Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application, was whether a further double-digit tariff hike could trigger a “utility death spiral”, whereby rising tariffs and utility costs spark an exodus of energy-intensive customers from the network,... 

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope

Eskom rejects call for inflation-capped hike, as Nersa gears up for Dec 7 decision 

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has rejected calls for its 2018/19 tariff to be capped at the level of inflation, arguing that such a move would be financially unsustainable as it would result in a revenue reduction, which would further squeeze its liquidity and could place the country’s credit... 

Eskom rejects call for inflation-capped hike, as Nersa gears up for Dec 7 decision
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa fulltime regulatory member for electricity Mbulelo Ncetezo says decision should be announced on December 7

Eskom’s business model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2017 Organised business made an impassioned plea this week for government to urgently review Eskom’s business model, which it said was “no longer fit for purpose”. In a presentation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, business also warned that, in the absence of a holistic view within... 

Eskom’s business model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’
Photo by Duane Daws
Busa VP Martin Kingston
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